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La Union, Chile

La Union is the city of the Ranco Province in the Los Rios Region in Chile. It is situated approximately 40km north of Osorno and 80km south east of Valdivia. It covers an area of approximately 2136.7 km and has a population of 39.447 of which 25,615 are considered part of the urban population (according to the Chilean Census 2002). The commune derived its name from the confluence of the Llollelhue and Radimadi rivers.

La Union was founded in 1821 during the government of Bernardo O'Higgins, to secure sovereignty over the Central Valley south of Valdivia.

La Union is a major centre for milk production. COLUN is the main milk and dairy product producer in the zone. Its products are milk, yoghurts and cheeses. The commune of La Union can be divided into two areas, a western forest covered area in Cordillera Pelada between the beaches of the Pacific coast and the city of La Union and an eastern part of open pastures and agricultural landscapes spaning Los Llanos.

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